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Wadley, from unknown to the Big Ten

2/3/2013

Senior running back Akrum Wadley (Newark, N.J./Weequahic) did not have a single scholarship offer until Jan. 21st, when Temple reached out, but he is now ready to play in the Big Ten for Iowa, NJ.com reports.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect was recruited by Hawkeyes secondary / special teams coach Darrell Wilson. Wadley spent the weekend in Iowa City, Ia. on an official visit.

"It reminds me of where I grew up in South Jersey in Willingboro," Wadley told NJ.com. "The campus is incredible. They have a nice indoor facility and I watched clips of the fans on YouTube and they are really into it. It's the Big Ten and I want to compete at the highest level."

Schools began taking notice as Wadley put together a 1,500-yard, 29-touchdown senior campaign. Following the season, he was named county player of the year and to the all-state second team.

According to Wadley, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Delaware State and Maine also showed interest.